SCENE + HEARD: Meetings Career Zone Offers Networking for Optical Industry Students and Young Professionals at Vision Expo East 2023 By Staff Wednesday, February 8, 2023 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Career Zone will return to Vision Expo East on Saturday, March 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., according to an announcement from The Vision Council. Located at Booth #F3162 within the Javits Center, the Career Zone is a student lounge designed as a central hub for optometry and opticianry students and young professionals to network with participating companies, all of which are actively recruiting and seeking new talent. Vision Expo East 2023 will offer students exclusive registration benefits including free Exhibit Hall admission and access to complimentary education. Vision Expo East 2023 will take place March 16–19 at the Javits Center in New York City. The show’s educational program together with OptiCon@Vision Expo will open Thursday, March 16, and the Exhibit Hall will open Friday, March 17, 2023. Registration is now open.This year’s supporting Career Zone companies include:● Elevate Eyecare● EssilorLuxottica● MyEyeDr.● National Vision● Shopko Optical● Vision Source● Vision To Learn● VSP Premier● Walmart● Warby ParkerThe Passport Program, which encourages students and young professionals to network with the Career Zone exhibitors will also return to Vision Expo East. The Career Zone itinerary will include: 10:00 a.m.Career Zone – Student Lounge opens for the dayPassport distribution and networking 11:15 a.m.Students receive a $10 Starbucks gift card courtesy of Uniting Vision Care. Available to the first 25 attendees to the 11:15 a.m. panel 11:15-11:45 a.m.Panel Presentation: Where should I start my Eyecare Career?Moderated by: Suzanne Krauss/VE, (4) Panelists: Elevate Eyecare, Shopko Optical, Uniting Vision Care, Warby Parker 2:30-3:00 p.m.Panel Presentation: Life, Work, Balance in the Eyecare IndustryModerated by: Optical Women’s Association (OWA) (4) Panelists: Walmart, Vision Source, MyEyeDr., VSP 3:00-3:15 p.m. (approximately)Passport Sweepstakes Drawing 3:15 p.m.Ice Cream SocialHosted by: Optical Women’s Association (OWA) Companies interested in sponsoring the Career Zone can contact Suzanne Krauss at email@example.com. If you are interested in exhibiting, contact Cedric Fellows, sales, Vision Expo East at firstname.lastname@example.org.